After several recent discussions on Momordica cochinchinensis
& M. renigera
), i thought i know the both plants very well. But, very recent find by myself in Hooghly and Karuna Sir in Kamrup give rise to new question - why apparently similar looking plants are showing different bract characters, on female flowers
, on different individuals?
I searched a lot, last night.... this morning.... this evening, but failed to find any answer.
It is certain that none of the above is Momordica cochinchinensis (Lour.) Spreng. Because, every literature i found describes having glands on petiole and/or leaf-blade, also on bracts; smooth lobed leaves; larger fruits.
The second document above gives an account of infraspecific variability; but that variability remains focused mainly on fruits.
Flora Indica or Bengal Plants doesn't throw any light on M. renigera.
Flora of British India, under M. dioica, does mention M. renigera having large woolly bract. But, it is not clear if the same can be found on both, male & female flowers.
I am attaching three more photos of another (my 4th collection of renigera series) plant, found in the wild, yesterday. Please, note, in this 4th individual -
- no conspicuous bract was present
- in addition to the three big darker spots/eyes there were two more smaller eyes at the base of remaining two petals